31 Things to do in Connecticut this November Last Updated 11/19
Looking for something to do in Connecticut this November? Whether you want something active, relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, we have you covered. Learn more!
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Active & Outdoor Adventures
1. Get your steps in. Head to Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston or Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden and take a hike this fall. Peak foliage in the southern half of the state is expected through mid-November.
2. Zip through the trees. Weave your way through the different trails of the “aerial forest park” at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, or at The Adventure Park at Storrs before they close for the season.
3. Embark on a drive. Take in fall foliage at its peak when you go on a scenic drive through New Haven and Fairfield counties.
Arts & Culture
4. Celebrate Mark Twain. The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford turns 90, and all are invited to celebrate this month. If you can’t make their gala, celebrate by attending other events like the Get a Clue Murder Mystery House Tour.
5. Get down tonight. Dance the night away at the Thanksgiving Dance Party with Magic of Motown at the Madison Beach Hotel. If you’re a fan of American Idol or The Voice, don't miss Mohegan Sun’s Locals Live competition.
6. Appreciate the arts. Spend some time inside admiring all forms of art. Seek out special exhibitions, such as Weather Report: Art and Atmosphere at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield. And the J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate exhibit at Mystic Seaport Museum is not to be missed.
7. Explore the magic of live theater. Attend one or more of the many show-stopping performances across Connecticut this month, including “Mamma Mia” at Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, “Something Rotten” at Warner Theater, and “Hello, Dolly” at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts.
Food & Drink Adventures
9. Enjoy seasonal hard cider. Fall's the season for fresh pressed cider, so plan a visit to one of Connecticut’s hard cider destinations, including the newest cider tap room, Yankee Cider Barn at Staehly Farms in East Haddam.
10. Bring the farm to your table. Visit Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling, Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchard in Granby or Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury to get fresh produce and meat for your Thanksgiving feast.
11. Wine and dine. As the leaves turn, and vineyards are harvested, enjoy fine dining options close to the heart of Connecticut’s vineyards. Many include roaring fireplaces to relieve autumn's chill.
12. Sip new brews. Try over 50 beers from more than 200 brewers at the annual Elm City Brew Festival at College Street Music Hall. Take your post-game party next door, to The Owl Shop, where you can enjoy a cigar and live music with your crew.
14. Visit a nature center. Check out animal exhibits, environmental programs, dioramas and more at Northwest Park & Nature Center in Windsor, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic and New Canaan Nature Center.
15. Take a walk on the wild side. Come face-to-face with sloths, ocelots, tigers and more at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. If you want to try your hand at feeding a few, get personal with some of Connecticut’s winged creatures at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy.
16. Keep it corny. Ellsworth Farm Corn Maze stays open until late November, so you can keep having fall fun with the family!
17. Make it a night at the museum. Grab your pajamas and head to the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, for a snore-tastic sleepover with the dinosaurs.
18. Stay indoors. Challenge yourself at the IT Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven, or test your problem-solving skills while channeling your possible ancestors at the Institute for American Indian Studies Wigwam Escape in Washington.
19. Prolong the haunts. If you didn’t get the chance to celebrate Halloween, fear not! Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours in Mystic gives visitors the thrills they seek.
20. Celebrate Thanksgiving outside. Step out and get some fresh air this Turkey Day by attending the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular or watching world-class runners at the Manchester Road Race. The Goshen Turkey Trot and Turkey Trot 5k and Kid's Fun Fun in Southbury also unite communities through sport and celebration.
21. Get into the holiday spirit. When the turkey is away, the holiday music shall play! Hop on the Santa Special at Essex Steam Train, participate in the 9th Annual Gingerbread House Festival at Wood Memorial Library & Museum, or see “A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas” at Hartford Stage to prep for the season.
22. Pick your own tree. Put on your layers and head to Hickory Ridge Tree Farm in Coventry, Miller Tree Farm in Durham, or Uncle Frank’s Christmas Tree Farm in Bethlehem, to chop or choose this year’s perfect tree.
Rest & Relaxation
23. Treat yourself. The Spa at Norwich Inn is offering specialty fall treatments until the end of the month, to help ease you into the holiday season.
24. Discover small-town charm. Find autumn appeal when you stroll, shop, dine and stay in any of these picturesque towns.
25. Find some zen. When holiday stress rolls in, realign your mind, body and spirit at Still Waters Retreat in Voluntown and Salt of the Earth Therapeudic Spa in Woodbury. Or seek bliss through mindful travel across Connecticut.
26. Go holiday shopping. Connecticut has plenty of indoor and outdoor malls where you can find the perfect gifts for family and friends.
27. Take a romantic retreat. Between the changing leaves, crisp air and roaring fireplaces—fall is the perfect time for a weekend away to unplug and reconnect with your significant other. Essex, Madison and Wethersfield are just a few of Connecticut’s historic and charming towns that offer a perfect fall getaway for you and that special someone.
28. Find a new date spot. Whether you’re going on a first date or celebrating a special occasion, some of the best date spots in Connecticut are right around the corner.
29. Look for lights. When the holiday season arrives, thousands of beautiful lights are displayed in towns across the state. Follow them to find some early holiday cheer!
30. Cozy up by the fire. Indulge in a fireside meal and the warm atmospheres of Connecticut’s many restaurants with fireside dining.
31. Honor military veterans. This Veterans Day, take part in the many events around Connecticut like the Honoring the Veterans Powwow at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington. Or get outside with the family at the Connecticut Audobon Society Center's Veterans Day Family Scavenger Hunt.